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Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision

Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision. While the application and benefit of this new tax credit will depend upon the individual farm business and other tax credits utilized, it will provide significant relief for some farms. To view the NYS Manufacturers Tax Credit Fact Sheet for 2014, please click here.

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Two Greenagers Crews Complete A Successful Season

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Our two Greenagers crews wrapped up a very successful 2014 season at CLC’s Round Ball Mountain and Greenport Conservation Areas. Their hard work laid the groundwork for miles of new trails, and also improved many existing ones. They built bridges, felled trees, moved rocks, made crush, installed log steps, and built water bars, switch backs, and ramps.
These students will return to their Taconic Hills and Hudson high schools this fall with a newly gained set of skills, a strong sense of confidence, and deserved pride in their accomplishments. CLC looks forward to fostering a conservation ethic among a new round of high school students next year with our partner, the Greenagers. (In photo are the two crews and their crew leaders.)

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Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

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October 1st, 2014; 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Haverstraw Town Hall, One Rosman Road, Garnerville, New York 10923

Presented by Bill Nechamen, NYS DEC Floodplain Management Section. Learn about how recent changes to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program may affect your residents of your municipality. This presentation will provide information on the Community Rating System, which helps to reduce flood insurance premiums in participating communities.
For more information, click here.

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Read Our Annual Report & the 2014-2016 Strategic Direction Report

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You can view, read, and download CLC’s 2013 Annual Report: it includes an overview of our achievements for the last year, the most recent Protected Lands Map for the county, our financial report, as well as a list of every person who made a contribution to CLC in 2013. Thank you for your support!

Looking ahead to the next three years, CLC has also crafted its latest Strategic Plan, the result of an extensive review of our mission and goals, incorporating feedback from our partners, as well as farmers, planners, and many other stakeholders in the County. The 2014 – 2016 Strategic Direction Report sums up the Strategic Plan. The plan is designed to help us establish priorities for our land conservation efforts; and identify the key planning issues in our community. It sets out specific strategies to ensure that CLC’s resources are focused for maximum impact and to bolster our financial resources. You can view, read, and download this Strategic Direction Report as well.
We look forward to your continued support!

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A few weeks left to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency loan funds in all categories!

Are you looking to obtain financing to purchase a farm or make improvements to the farm you currently own? Do you need to purchase livestock or a piece of equipment? Do you know someone else who needs financing? The Farm Service Agency makes and guarantees loans to family farmers to start, purchase and expand their farm operations. You can find out more about all of the types of loans we have available (all on one sheet believe it or not!) by clicking here.
Call your local FSA office today to get additional information – we look forward to discussing your financing needs.
You can find contact information for your local FSA office here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app;jsessionid=666BEAA679DB5FAB18D9B5FC1619853B?service=action/1/CountyMap/1/NavBar.HomeLink

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Water Resources Infrastructure – A Critical Piece of Community Development

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September 17 & 18, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Honor’s Haven Resort, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY

This Conference is presented by the Community and Regional Development Institute, which is co-sponsored by the Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and NYS Water Resources Institute.
The Conference will focus on water resource infrastructure.  Over the two-day period, participants will engage in dynamic discussions and workshops to promote informed decision-making in support of sustainable community and economic development.  The institute is designed for a diverse audience of local government officials (elected, appointed, & staff), CCE Educators, practitioners, economic developers, community leaders, and university and college faculty in the region. For more information, visit:  www.cardi.cornell.edu

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Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Transitions Incentive Program

Farmers, ranchers, and landowners can enroll sensitive lands in CRP, which pays annual rental to farmers in exchange for removing those lands from ag production. CRP Transitions Incentives Program pays retiring farmers up to 2 extra years of rental payments for transitioning CRP lands to a beginning farmer or rancher or socially disadvantaged group. Signup is continuous. More info here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/crp-tip-announcement/

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Conservation Stewardship Program Renewals

Anyone who enrolled in CSP in 2010, you can re-enroll your farm, from now until September 12, 2014. Re-enrolling is much easier than re-applying because it is non-competitive and much simpler. For those wanting to enroll for the first time, you can submit an application at any time. The cutoff date for 2015 contracts will be sometime this fall. For more info, visit your local NRCS office and read NSAC’s blog post: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/csp-renewals/

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